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Foundation gives $23M grant to Kalamazoo College

January 17, 2012
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KALAMAZOO, Mich.—Kalamazoo College in western Michigan has received a $23 million grant to endow work at the school's Arcus Center for Social Justice Leadership.

The Arcus Foundation grant is the largest in the school's history and will fund scholarships, two endowed professorships, student internships, faculty and staff fellowships, leadership development programming and residencies for social justice scholars.

"The breadth of the grant makes it exceptional," Kalamazoo College President Eileen Wilson-Oyelaran said Tuesday in a release. "The entire Kalamazoo College community is extremely grateful to the Arcus Foundation. Their support will help put Kalamazoo on a path to become a higher education leader in the field of social justice and leadership development."

The Arcus Center supports the pursuit of human rights and social justice by developing emerging leaders and sustaining existing leaders in the field of human rights and social justice, according to the school.

Jon Stryker, a Kalamazoo College alumnus and trustee, founded the Arcus Foundation in 2000. The foundation advances social justice issues, specifically lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality, and conservation and protection of great apes.

"Our intent in making this grant is to foster diverse leaders who advance social justice in all its dimensions -- from anti-racism to economic justice to equality for all sexual orientations and gender identities," Stryker said.

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